BOSTON, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts Boston men's soccer team pushed across two late goals in a span of four minutes despite playing a man down to take its only lead of the match, but Eastern Connecticut State University answered with the tying and game-winning goals three minutes apart in a 3-2 Little East Conference victory Saturday afternoon.
Eastern (9-0-0, 2-0-0 LEC) carried the only goal of the match into the final ten minutes before UMass Boston (6-2-1, 1-1-0 LEC) rallied to tie the match at 79:15, and surged in front less than four minutes later. Freshman defender Jared Caroline (South Windsor) responded with his first career goal on an assist from sophomore forward Patrick Agyemang (East Hartford) that tied the match 74 seconds later, and Patrick Agyemang connected on his conference-leading tenth goal -- third game-winner – with 2:33 left when he headed in a throw-in from senior defender Nick Starkowski (Marlborough) to keep Eastern's winning streak intact.
Trailing 1-0, UMass Boston was assessed its first red card of the season in the 12th minute, and despite playing a man down, was able to keep the Warriors from further scoring until Caroline and Patrick Agyemang struck less than three minutes apart in the late stages of the contest. The red card was issued because of a flagrant elbow to the head of an Eastern defender, who left the match and did not return.
A minute before Nicholas Fontana's tying goal, UMass Boston had nearly tied the game in the 78thminute, when Estevao Gomes sprayed a shot from outside the box that forced a diving save from junior keeper Kyle Boutot (Tolland).
Ranked No. 10 in New England, Eastern is the only LEC team to stand 2-0-0 in the conference. The Warriors are 4-0-1 against UMass Boston in the regular season in the last five meetings and are 8-0-2 at UMass Boston in the regular season in the last ten meetings.
UMass Boston suffered through a disastrous opening 15 minutes. Just over five minutes into the game, Patrick Agyemang was pulled down in the box, drawing a penalty kick for the fifth time this year. Junior brother Emmanuel Agyemang (East Hartford) stepped to the spot and rifled a shot past Omar Castro-Dreher's outstretched hands inside the near post to convert his fourth PK in as many tries (and all four of his goals to date) and give the Warriors a 1-0 lead.
Things got worse for the Beacons six minutes later, when UMass lost a player to a red card at From there, UMass Boston began to settle in and limit the Warriors chances and finaly moving ahead on late goals by Fontana (his fourth of the year) and Nilton De Andrade (his seventh).
On Patrick Agyemang's winning goal, four-year senior back Starkowski was credited with his first point of the season on the throw-in in his first game back this year from injury. He had entered the game for the first time eight minutes prior to setting up the winning goal and his throw-in also helped set up Caroline's tying goal.
Boutot made six saves – several of them spectacular against the talented Beacons -- for his ninth win in nine starts this year. He is 13-0-0 in his three-year career.
Eastern is ranked first in the LEC pre-season poll and UMB third after both clubs were eliminated in last year's conference playoff semifinals. Eastern won three straight LEC playoff titles from 2011-13 before UMB following with three in a row between 2014-16. Western Connecticut has captured the last two.
Eastern visits Rhode Island College Wednesday at 6 p.m. in a conference match.